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Astros community partner Sysco to provide meals to Little Leaguers

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Community Partner Sysco has signed on for a second year of providing nutritious meals to the Little Leaguers who play on Astros Community Leaders ballfields in 2014.

"We are honored to partner with the Astros on this effort to serve families in our local communities," said Sysco Director of Community Affairs, Julie Konigsmark. "Two of Sysco's core operational strengths are getting food to people and serving others, which makes this Community Leader opportunity with the Astros a natural fit for us."

Last year, Sysco served meals to teams at three of the five Community Leaders parks during the eight-week Community Leader Little League season. This food ensured that hundreds of young baseball and softball players received a healthy meal after they gave it their all on the ballfield.

"We are proud to have Sysco team up with the Astros Community Leaders program again this year," said Astros Interim Executive Director of The Astros Foundation, Twila Carter. "Giving our Little League ballplayers and their families a healthy meal after a tiring game out in the sun helps us take care of these young athletes both on and off the field."

The 2014 Astros Community Leaders Little League season begins on Saturday, March 29.

About SYSCO :

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 193 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2013 that ended June 29, 2013, the company generated sales of more than $44 billion. 

About ASTROS COMMUNITY LEADERS :

Developed by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and launched in 2012, the Astros Community Leaders program is an $18 million investment by The Astros Foundation to rebuild youth baseball and softball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Houston. The program is an exciting partnership between The Astros Foundation, the City of Houston and corporate champions including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Calpine Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Halliburton, Lexus, Nabors Industries, National Oilwell Varco, Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Schlumberger. Working with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the city's Parks and Recreation Department and local youth teams who play at the parks, the Community Leaders program is run by The Astros Foundation.

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